Monografie di Mesopotamia


Director: Carlo Lippolis

The series Monografie di MESOPOTAMIA is published by Casa Editrice "Le Lettere" of Firenze for the Centro Scavi di Torino and contains monographs on important themes on the archaeology of the ancient Orient.


  • The Parthian Rhytons of Nisa

    MASSON M.E. PUGACHENKOVA G.A.
    The Parthian Rhytons of Nisa (Monografie di Mesopotamia, I), Firenze 1982

    The finding of a large group of ivory rhytons in the Square House of Parthian Nisa (Turkmenistan) is the most extraordinary result of the archaeological expedition that opened a fundamental region of Soviet Central Asia to archaeological research and revealed significant documents of Arsacid art. The volume is a translation of the iconographic study originally published in 1956-1959.



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  • Tappeh Hesar. Reports of the Restudy Project

    DYSON R.H. HOWARD S.M.
    Tappeh Hesar. Reports of the Restudy Project – 1976 (Monografie di Mesopotamia, II), Firenze 1989

    In 1976 The University of Philadelphia and the University of Turin, in cooperation with the Iranian Centre for Archaeological research organized a reconnaissance campaign on the site of Tappeh Hesar in NE Iran which had been investigated in 1931-32 by the Expedition of the University of Philadelphia. An archaeological, geomorphological and ecological surface survey and sounding for the control of the stratigraphy have been carried out.



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  • The Sasanian Manor House at Hajiabad, Iran

    AZARNOUSH M.
    The Sasanian Manor House at Hajiabad, Iran (Monografie di Mesopotamia, III), Firenze 1994

    The volume contains a detailed report of the salvage excavation of a large architectural compound of the Sasanian period in Fars, the study of the structures of the palace, their sculptural and pictorial decorations, and the pottery findings.



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  • The Seleucid and Parthian terracotta figurines from Babylon

    KARVONEN-KANNAS K.
    The Seleucid and Parthian terracotta figurines from Babylon (Monografie di Mesopotamia, IV), Firenze 1995

    The Author studies the ensemble of the Seleucid and Parthian terracotta figurines from Babylon preserved in the Iraq Museum, the British Museum and the Louvre Museum, pointing out the iconographic and stylistic features of this production within the general production of figurines in Seleucid and Parthian Mesopotamia.



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  • In the Land of the Gryphons. Papers on Central Asian Archaeology in Antiquity

    INVERNIZZI A.
    In the Land of the Gryphons. Papers on Central Asian Archaeology in Antiquity (Monografie di Mesopotamia, V), Firenze 1995

    The volume contains a number of studies on the art and archaeology of Central Asia in antiquity, attracting the attention onto several aspects of the history and culture of regions such as Parthia, Margiana, Bactria, Sogdia and Gandhara, within the complex phenomenon of the diffusion of Hellenism in Asia and its interrelations with Oriental cultures.



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  • Séleucie du Tigre, Les monnaies séleucides et parthes

    LE RIDER G.
    Séleucie du Tigre, Les monnaies séleucides et parthes (Monografie di Mesopotamia, VI, Missione Italiana in Iraq, I), Firenze 1998

    The Author proceeds in this volume to the publication of the Seleucid and Parthian coin findings by the Italian Archaeological Mission at Seleucia on the Tigris and on the light of a reconsideration of the findings of the American Expedition of the Michigan University in the same site.



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  • An Endangered Cultural Heritage. Iraqi Antiquities Recovered in Jordan

    R. MENEGAZZI (coord. ed.)
    An Endangered Cultural Heritage. Iraqi Antiquities Recovered in Jordan (Monografie di Mesopotamia, VII), Firenze 2005

    The volume presents some important archaeological materials – cuneiform tablets, figurines, glass and pottery vessels, ivories, metal objects - smuggled out of Iraq and recovered by the Jordanian customs and police Authorities between 2003 and 2004.



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  • Seleucia al Tigri. L’edificio degli archivi

    MESSINA V.
    Seleucia al Tigri. L’edificio degli archivi (Monografie di Mesopotamia, VIII), Firenze 2006

    This is the first final report of the results of the Italian excavations at Seleucia on the Tigris. It concerns the Seleucid Archives-building brought to light on the W side of the main agora and the dwelling structures built on its remains after it was destroyed by a huge fire.



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  • Nisa Partica. Ricerche nel complesso monumentale arsacide 1990-2006

    INVERNIZZI A., LIPPOLIS C. (a cura di)
    Nisa Partica. Ricerche nel complesso monumentale arsacide 1990-2006 (Monografie di Mesopotamia, IX), Firenze 2008

    In 1990 the archaeological mission of the Centro Scavi di Torino started work in Old Nisa, one of the most ancient and significant foundations of the Arsacid dynasty. The book contains the final report of the excavations carried out from 1990 to 2006, also including the results of the studies and analyses made on the materials brought to light.



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  • La Maalga e i Porti Punici di Cartagine. Una città e il suo territorio dalla fondazione fenicia alla dominazione romana

    PANERO E. (a cura di)
    La Maalga e i Porti Punici di Cartagine. Una città e il suo territorio dalla fondazione fenicia alla dominazione romana (Monografie di Mesopotamia, X), Firenze 2008

    The book includes the results of three years of researches conducted in the Maalga and Punic Ports areas of Carthage. The field-work report is enriched with the contributions of experts on geophysics, topography and town-planning, producing a rich and various documentation.



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  • Nisa partica. Le sculture ellenistiche

    INVERNIZZI A.
    Nisa partica. Le sculture ellenistiche (Monografie di Mesopotamia, XI), Firenze 2008

    The Complex Archaeological Expedition in Southern Turkmenistan (Južno-Turkmenistanskaja Arheologiceskaja Kompleksnaja Ekspedicija), also known as JuTAKE, brought to light a number of important documents regarding the art of Parthian Nisa. This book collect all the fragments of marble statues known so far and filed by the Author in the National Museum of Ashgabat. These are precious evidences of the cultural interrelations originated in Asia after the adventure of Alexander.



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  • Nisa partica. I rhyta ellenistici

    PAPPALARDO E.
    Nisa partica. I rhyta ellenistici (Monografie di Mesopotamia, XII), Firenze 2010

    This book focuses on the whole corpus of carved ivory rhytons discovered by the Complex Archaeological Expedition in Southern Turkmenistan (JuTAKE) in the so-called Square House of Parthian Nisa. The Author carefully analyzes the iconography and style of the carvings and proposes new interpretations on the origin and function of these remarkable objects, which can be considered as on of the most outstanding example of the eastern Hellenistic art.



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  • Seleucia al Tigri. Il monumento di Tell ‘Umar. Lo scavo e le fasi architettoniche

    MESSINA V.
    Seleucia al Tigri. Il monumento di Tell 'Umar. Lo scavo e le fasi architettoniche (Monografie di Mesopotamia, XIII), Firenze 2010

    The second final report of the Italian excavations at Seleucia on the Tigris focuses on Tell ‘Umar, the main mound of the site. The study of the stratigraphy and the architectural remains allows the Author to recognize the ruined mudbrick substructures of a theatre, overlooking the main agora of the city in the Seleucid and Parthian times and connected with a small Mesopotamian temple.



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  • Un impaziente desiderio di scorrere il mondo.

    LIPPOLIS C. – DE MARTINO S. (a cura di) Un impaziente desiderio di scorrere il mondo. Studi in onore di Antonio Invernizzi per il suo settantesimo compleanno (Monografie di Mesopotamia, XIV), Firenze 2011

    Former professor of Near Eastern Art and Archaeology at the University of Turin, Antonio Invernizzi has been Director of the Centro Scavi di Torino, and President of the same institution until 2010. Today he is Professor Emeritus of the University of Turin and a member of the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino. The volume, issued on the occasion of his seventienth birtday, collects several contributions inspired to the main areas of interest of his rich and manifold scientific activity.



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  • The Sennacherib wall reliefs at Nineveh

    LIPPOLIS C. (ed.) The Sennacherib wall reliefs at Nineveh (Monografie di Mesopotamia, XV), Firenze 2011

    Between summer and fall 2002 a team of experts of the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro of the Italian Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, in cooperation with the Centro Scavi di Torino, conducted a detailed diagnostic campaign on the state of preservation of the reliefs left in situ in the royal suite of the Palace of Sennacherib at Nineveh. Petrografic analyses and studies of the materials were made, and new photographs were taken, in order to plan the most appropriate conservative and protective measures. Unfortunately, the outbreak of war in March 2003 made it impossible to begin the work of conservation. The volume presents the documentation produced during the above mentioned campaign: the photographs provide a complete illustration of the set of reliefs and record a state of preservation that the last conflicts have deeply altered and compromised.



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  • Seleucia al Tigri. Le terrecotte figurate dagli scavi italiani e americani - Vol.I

    MENEGAZZI R. Seleucia al Tigri. Le terrecotte figurate dagli scavi italiani e americani, in tre volumi (Monografie di Mesopotamia, XVI), Firenze 2014

    IThe work, in three volumes, collects around 11,000 terracotta figurines that were brought to light throughout the last century at Seleucia on the Tigris. Such a large corpus grew with time thanks to the efforts of two archaeological expeditions, the American mission of the University of Michigan and the Italian mission of the Centro Scavi di Torino. Its comprehensive presentation allows us to fully appreciate the rich informative potential of the Seleucian figurines, born from the encounter and the ex- change between Greek, Mesopotamian and Iranian culture. The book opens with an overview – both in Italian and in English – on the characteristics of the coroplastic production from Seleucia: techniques of manufacturing, iconography, style, chronology, function and meaning of the figurines are taken into consideration. The catalogue that follows is organized on a typological basis and is divided into four sections according to the finding areas of the figurines. The abundant photographic documentation illustrates over two third of the published materials.



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  • Seleucia al Tigri. Le terrecotte figurate dagli scavi italiani e americani - Vol.II

    MENEGAZZI R. Seleucia al Tigri. Le terrecotte figurate dagli scavi italiani e americani, in tre volumi (Monografie di Mesopotamia, XVI), Firenze 2014

    The work, in three volumes, collects around 11,000 terracotta figurines that were brought to light throughout the last century at Seleucia on the Tigris. Such a large corpus grew with time thanks to the efforts of two archaeological expeditions, the American mission of the University of Michigan and the Italian mission of the Centro Scavi di Torino. Its comprehensive presentation allows us to fully appreciate the rich informative potential of the Seleucian figurines, born from the encounter and the ex- change between Greek, Mesopotamian and Iranian culture. The book opens with an overview – both in Italian and in English – on the characteristics of the coroplastic production from Seleucia: techniques of manufacturing, iconography, style, chronology, function and meaning of the figurines are taken into consideration. The catalogue that follows is organized on a typological basis and is divided into four sections according to the finding areas of the figurines. The abundant photographic documentation illustrates over two third of the published materials.



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  • Seleucia al Tigri. Le terrecotte figurate dagli scavi italiani e americani - Vol.III

    MENEGAZZI R. Seleucia al Tigri. Le terrecotte figurate dagli scavi italiani e americani, in tre volumi (Monografie di Mesopotamia, XVI), Firenze 2014

    The work, in three volumes, collects around 11,000 terracotta figurines that were brought to light throughout the last century at Seleucia on the Tigris. Such a large corpus grew with time thanks to the efforts of two archaeological expeditions, the American mission of the University of Michigan and the Italian mission of the Centro Scavi di Torino. Its comprehensive presentation allows us to fully appreciate the rich informative potential of the Seleucian figurines, born from the encounter and the ex- change between Greek, Mesopotamian and Iranian culture. The book opens with an overview – both in Italian and in English – on the characteristics of the coroplastic production from Seleucia: techniques of manufacturing, iconography, style, chronology, function and meaning of the figurines are taken into consideration. The catalogue that follows is organized on a typological basis and is divided into four sections according to the finding areas of the figurines. The abundant photographic documentation illustrates over two third of the published materials.



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